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Why do I need two photographers?
The question should really be “Why would you hire just one photographer?”! Let us explain…
It sounds odd but two photographers are actually less obtrusive than a solo shooter, especially within ‘static’ parts of the day. During a ceremony or speeches there is nothing more distracting than a solo photographer moving about the room to capture shots from different angles. Two photographers can remain hidden and still, capturing different angles, which is which is why vicars and registrars love us.
We often pride ourselves as being able to blend in well with wedding guests, resulting in more ‘natural’ images. We can better achieve this as a pair of photographers, for when an guest wants to talk to Murray about his latest camera for ten minutes I can still cover the developing events. When I have to help the bride out with hairclips or dress adjustments (it happens more than you can imagine!) Murray is still covering the rest of the proceedings.
Multiple events occur simultaneously at weddings and they are all worth capturing as part of the entire story of your big day. More often than not a single shooter cannot achieve this. Bride and Groom coverage in the morning is a good example, where the wedding story is taking place in two very different locations. Two photographers mean that detail, people, event and scenic images are all possible at simultaneous times throughout the day.
With two wedding photographers group photographs take less time, are easier to organise and allow guests to be more natural. Whilst one of us is working to guests expectations and engaging groups the other can capture them in a less ‘Victorian’ pose.
Murray and I don’t work as ‘photographer and assistant’ or as ‘photographer and second shooter’ we are a team of two full time professional wedding photographers, working synchronously together. We often bounce ideas off each other, keeping our creative juices flowing. If one of us needs a five minute rest the other will still be shooting away. This means that the quality of our work is maintained at a consistently high level throughout the day and that we can work longer than a single shooter without tiring, thus no time limits. For more information about Murray and I please see our About Wedding Photographers Page
Two photographers also provide an exceptional insurance policy, not only do we have back up equipment but back up photographers. It hasn’t happened yet but should something unfortunate render us unable to work at a wedding you will still have a photographer in attendance taking images. If a solo shooter breaks a leg or a backup camera your coverage ends there.
In conclusion the question should be “Why would you have one photographer when you could have two?”
Do you really have no time limits?
Yes, we really do not have any limits on our coverage time. Murray and I are there to document your entire day, from the time you start getting ready until the evening celebrations, we don’t want to miss anything. We tend to arrive a few hours before you get into your dress and leave about an hour after first dance, of course if there are important things happening later (i.e. fireworks) we stay on to capture them.
No wedding has ever run exactly to time and the last thing you want to see is your photographer leaving during your first dance because his “eight hours are up” or being charged for ‘extra coverage time’. With our limitless coverage there is absolute piece of mind that the entire day will be captured.
How much do your services cost and what is your booking fee?
How can I check if you are available on our wedding date?
We shoot a limited number of weddings per year and tend to get booked up a couple of years in advance so the best way to check our availability is to fill out our contact form here. We will get back to you (typically within a day or two) to let you know our availability and provide more information on our services.
How far will you travel to shoot a wedding?
Although we are based in Dorset we are used to travelling to weddings at destinations all over the UK and abroad. Our fully inclusive service incorporates 100 miles of travel, after which we charge extra for travel and accommodation (if required). We can provide you with an accurate travel quote if you fill out our contact form here.
I'm thinking of having an engagement shoot, do I need one?
We would recommend an engagement shoot to anyone. It is a great excuse to get to know each other better, your likes and dislikes and how you see and feel about your wedding day.
Primarily and engagement session helps you understand how we work, avoiding postured posing and pre‐prescribed lighting set ups and working unobtrusively with the natural flow of the events and surroundings.
Through familiarity with our techniques it can help you relax in front of the camera, the feel of a session is much less formal than that of a typical wedding and there are fewer people watching! You gain the extra confidence that we can and will take beautiful photographs of you.
Finally, an engagement photo shoot provides you with an extra set of beautiful photographs. In the past they have been used for things such as wedding invites, signing boards/ books, beer bottle labels, sticks of rock labels, framed images, wedding websites and social media profiles!
You can see example of our previous engagment shoots on our blog here
I want an engagement shoot, what locations do you recommend?
We recommend choosing somewhere beautiful that is meaningful to the both of you.
We include 50 miles of travel in the price of an engagement shoot but are happy to travel further (locations within 25 miles of our offices mean that we have greater availability in our diary).
We are very fortunate with our location that the area around our office provides thousands of different locations; beautiful rolling hills, beaches, forests and woodland, estuaries, islands, ruined castles, stunning hotels, smugglers coves, ancient abbeys, tiny idyllic villages, stunning landscaped gardens and world heritage coastline to choose from!
Past engagement photo shoots have included the wedding proposal venue, a beach used for family holidays, woodland next to a favourite camp site and a couple’s favourite picnic spot.
You can see example of our previous engagement shoots on our blog here
How would you describe your wedding photography style?
How many images do you supply?
A couple of years ago we asked some of our brides to take part in an experiment. We printed 1000 of their images each and asked them to sort through and answer two important questions.
1) What is the minimum number of images needed to tell the story of your day without feeling that there are any gaps?
2) How many images are too many? That is, how many images take too long to look through and make you feel like any more aren’t required?
The findings dictate the number of images we now supply, any less than 250 and our brides felt like there were gaps in the story of their day and any more than 400 and our brides felt like they had too many images to handle.
Yes you can hire a photographer who will supply you with thousands and thousands of batch processed images. However that would take you forever just to look through your wedding photographs. For us wedding photography is all about quality. We individually process each of our selected images to maintain the highest quality possible. This can take anywhere from ten to thirty minutes per image!
How long until I can see my wedding photographs?
Do you take group photographs?
We recommend starting with a handful of groups that are your priority, we then fill the remaining time allocated with other groups. We find the easier and faster groups are to organise the more relaxed you and your guests are, and the less time is spent ‘waiting around’.
Do you provide Black and White wedding photographs?
Obviously we can tailor the proportion of black and white photographs according to our bride and grooms preferences. Both Murray and I were originally trained in black and white film photography so are passionate about the look and feel of our black and white photographs.
You can see examples of our black and white wedding photography in our sample gallery.
Have you worked at my wedding venue previously?
Having previously worked a venue can be an advantage and a disadvantage depending on the photographer. We like all of our wedding photographs to be unique and to get our creative juices flowing with both new and familiar venues.
Feel free to tell us which venue you have selected in our contact form.
Can you recommend any other wedding suppliers?
With over twenty years of working with hundreds of different wedding suppliers we can provide you with some whole hearted recommendations to suit your needs.
We have complied a list of some of our favourite recommended wedding suppliers that we have been fortunate to work with over the years. If you require specific recommendations please just ask in our contact form.
Do we need to feed you?
So that we can concentrate on producing beautiful wedding photographs we need feeding and watering throughout the day. We ask that we have a hot meal to eat at the beginning of wedding breakfast which allows us time to digest before springing back to work!